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EPA Considers Ethanol Change as Industry Profits Soar

May 20, 2014 9:33 am | by David Pitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Just as ethanol producers have been seeing the industry's most profitable months ever, the federal government is considering whether to lower the amount of the corn-based fuel that must be blended into gasoline.             

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Chinese Ships Evacuate Workers After Riots in Vietnam

May 20, 2014 9:31 am | by Hau Dinh and Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Watched over by riot police, more than 3,000 Chinese workers left Vietnam on Monday on ships chartered by their government after deadly unrest broke out last week amid a dispute over sovereignty claims in the South China Sea.        

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Hover Bikes to Start Selling in 2017

May 19, 2014 2:50 pm | by MSN | Videos | Comments

Aerofex has been posting videos of its hover bike prototype in action since 2012, but the company has recently announced that the machine will go on sale in 2017.                          

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Britain Launches $17M Science Prize

May 19, 2014 2:42 pm | News | Comments

Britain is offering 10 million pounds (almost $17 million) to whoever can solve one of humanity's biggest scientific challenges — once the public has decided what it is.                           

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Prosecutors Say Chinese Targeted 4 Major U.S. Manufacturing Firms

May 19, 2014 2:38 pm | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States has brought first-of-its kind cyber-espionage charges against five Chinese military officials accused of hacking into U.S. companies to gain trade secrets.                      

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Wide Format General Labeling Solution

May 19, 2014 2:34 pm | by K-SUN | Product Releases | Comments

The 400iXL General Labeling Solution is designed for hazard communication, safety, 5S/Lean, GHS, manufacturing, warehouse, lab and facility professionals.

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1.8M Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled

May 19, 2014 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say a Detroit-based business is recalling about 1.8 million pounds of ground beef products sold for restaurant use in four states that may be contaminated with the bacteria E. coli.                 

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GM Gets New Chief Spokesman

May 19, 2014 2:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is hiring Volkswagen's top U.S. spokesman as its new public relations chief.                                              

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Joint Venture to Create Auto Interiors Company

May 19, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wisconsin-based Johnson Controls is teaming up with a Chinese company to create the world's largest maker of automotive interiors, in a deal announced Sunday.                           

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Kraft Recalling Cottage Cheese Due to Poor Storage

May 19, 2014 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some ingredients used in Kraft Foods Group cottage cheese brands were not stored in accordance with proper temperature standards at a Tulare, California, manufacturing facility.                      

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Office Depot Extends Environmental Leadership with Coolerado

May 19, 2014 10:08 am | by Coolerado | News | Comments

Office Depot was the first ever United States retailer to be recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a 30 percent or greater improvement in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.                 

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Avoiding Decision Fatigue in the Engineering Change Management Process

May 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Heatherly Bucher, Arena Solutions | Articles | Comments

In product design and manufacturing environments, we assume decisions are based on facts and technical details. But, perhaps not always. Sometimes, it could be the wrong time of day to make one more good decision.            

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Boeing Frederickson Factory Making 777X Tail

May 19, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Boeing factory near Tacoma that builds tails for 777s and 787s also will build the carbon-fiber tail for the new 777X.                                       

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Google, Apple Settle Patent Dispute

May 19, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the world's largest technology giants have reached an agreement to settle all of their lawsuits against each other regarding smartphone patents.                             

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CEO of China Drug Company Commits Suicide Amid Probe

May 19, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese drug company says its chief executive has jumped to his death. Official media reported he was under investigation on suspicion of taking bribes.                           

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Anheuser-Busch VP Loses Discrimination Suit

May 19, 2014 9:37 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch did not discriminate against a former executive by paying her significantly less than a male predecessor, a jury in St. Louis decided Friday.                            

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Hyundai Recalls 137,500 SUVs

May 19, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hyundai Motor Co. is recalling 137,500 Tucson SUVs because the air bags aren't correctly mounted to the steering wheel.                                      

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GM Investigation Reveals List of Banned Words

May 19, 2014 9:26 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

What do the words "safety," ''chaotic" and "problem" have in common? They're all on General Motors' list of banned words for employees who were documenting potential safety issues.                     

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Unemployment Rates Fall in Nearly All U.S. States

May 16, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unemployment rates fell in nearly all U.S. states last month, and half the states now have rates below 6 percent. The figures are a sign of widespread, if slow, improvement in the nation's job market.               

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Amazon Counterfeiting Concerns

May 16, 2014 1:48 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A Wall Street Journal report is raising concerns that some products sold by the company are knock-offs. Vinita Nair reports on how counterfeits slip into the system, and why companies feel it hurts their brand.            

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